Peace and Conflict Studies combines an in-depth study on the causes of war and social conflict, and ways of preventing and ending them. Students address crucial challenges of the contemporary world and develop the knowledge and skills necessary for effective citizenship in the post-Cold War world.
With a commitment to peace, students examine issues of national and international security and the common causes of conflict such as economic disparities and religious, ethnic, racial or gender discrimination. Students develop an understanding and awareness of the responsibility of citizenship in an age of nuclear weapons; regional, ethnic, and religious conflicts; environmental deterioration; and global economic interdependence. This responsibility to construct alternatives to war and violence and to foster a just and peaceful world is integral to personal development, education, and civic life. The Peace and Conflict Studies concentration enhances one's capacity for global citizenship, whatever one's major and whatever career one may choose.
- Imagine a more just world
- Examine political, economic, ethnic, religious and cross-cultural conflicts
- Study alternative modes of conflict resolution and peace-building
- Investigate non-violent approaches to problem solving
- Apply religious and moral values to issues of justice and peace